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As a Biochemistry major, you learn to understand biology at a molecular level and techniques used in biomedical and agricultural research. The major prepares you for careers in teaching, research and development, and professional careers in the life sciences.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Air Pollution Specialist * Pharmaceutical Salesperson *
Analytical Biochemist * Pharmacist
Biochemist * Pharmacologist
Bio-Organic Chemist * Physician
Clinical Laboratory Technologist * Plant Biochemist/Physiologist *
Criminalist * Quality Control Technician *
Dentist Research Assistant *
Genetic Technician * Science Librarian
Geneticist Technical Writer *
Immunologist Toxicologist
Medical Technologist Veterinarian
Microbiologist Weights And Measures Assistant *
*See Training section.

Nature of the Work

Biochemical researchers conduct a broad range of research projects from exploring the genetic differences between humans and primates to discovering keys to diagnosing and treating cancer to finding ways to enhance Vitamin C in plants.

As a Biochemistry professor, you would conduct research, teach and tend to some administrative duties.

Physicians and other medical professionals serve people while furthering the science of medicine.

Places of Employment

Corporations dealing in pharmaceuticals University and colleges
Chemicals Medical research centers
Biochemical reagents National research centers
Medical supplies and diagnostics Veterans Administration
Genetic engineering Agricultural Research Services of the USDA
Scientific instruments County & State Depts. of Public Health
Agricultural chemicals Publishing houses
Foods and cosmetics Hospitals


Check out the jobs with asterisks. They may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

If you are considering a career in biochemical research, you should pursue a Ph.D. If you have a master's degree, you may work as research assistant.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

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General Campus Information

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